Saturday, October 21, 2017

Christmas at Gate 18 by Amy Matayo {Review}

Christmas at Gate 18 by Amy Matayo
Kindle Edition, 154 pages
Published October 10th 2017
Supermodel Rory Gray just wants to go home. After wrapping up a three-day high-fashion photo shoot overseas, she’s exhausted and ready for the holiday. A holiday that involves Hollywood parties, air-kissing the industry elite, and a whole lot of fakeness…but whatever. Once she gets through that torture, she’ll head to her beloved Seattle and the life of anonymity she misses so much. In less than twenty-four hours, she’ll be there.

Colt Ross has spent the past six months detaching himself from the Hollywood world he grew up in, and home is the last place he wants to be. But he’s been called back by his overbearing father for reasons he can only imagine. Likely reasons that involve taking over the family corporation or fund raising among Hollywood elite—something Colt has no interest in being part of. Not that he has a choice; when you’re the son of an industry executive, rubbing elbows comes with the territory. In less than twenty-four hours he’ll be home. After all this time away, home no longer appeals to him. Especially not at Christmas. Leave it to his father to ruin a holiday.

But when a late-season hurricane grounds both of their flights in the Dominican Republic, Rory and Colt find themselves stuck at the airport far longer than anticipated. As weather conditions worsen, they both begin to realize that this Christmas will be spent with strangers packed inside a single airport terminal—specifically at gate 18.

Rory and Colt are faced with a choice: band together in their misery or make this Christmas one they will never forget. For two people who aren’t real fond of the holiday, this Christmas might turn out to be the best they’ve ever had.  
My Review: 4 Stars
As hard as I try not to judge people, I still do (*shame on me*) and I think that's how it is for most people. There are some prejudices about certain types of people in place and it's always surprising that when you really get to know a person, those ideas aren't always true. Case in point with Rory. 
Rory is a supermodel and when she gets stuck in an airport during a freak hurricane just before Christmas, she comes across as a diva who always gets her way. However, as the book progresses, it becomes apparent that those preconceived notions are not true at all and that she's got a lot of inner strength and naivety. 
Colt is a mystery man and waffles between wanting to turn over a new leaf and allowing himself to succumb to his old ways of, well...women. A chance encounter in the airport leaves these two and their palpable chemistry imprinted on a reader's heart.
I love the message of second chances and judging, and it's especially fun with these two spunky, feisty, protective characters. Although the book isn't too long, it covers the real emotion in a tangible way that is enjoyable. I only wish it was longer because not all of the secrets were revealed. Rory carries around a bag and said she'd explain everything that was in it later and never did and I wanted to know! I also would have loved to know what makes Colt tick.
All in all, this is a sweet Christmas tale unlike any you've ever read before.
Content: moderate romance (steamy clean kissing, innuendo, talk of her career as an underwear/swimsuit model, a few of Colt's slightly gutterish thoughts); mild language.
*I received a copy, which had no influence on my thoughts and opinions*
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